HUNTINGTON, Indiana (WANE) – Young guitarist Gary Snyder is experiencing an exponential increase in his playing career after he started playing guitar a few years ago.
The Huntington North High School student hasn’t played for very long, but he’s already recognized statewide. In recent months, Snyder has been invited to play the national anthem for several sporting events, including the Komets and Pacers matches.
As an only child and among the youngest of seven siblings, Snyder does not come from a musical background. Ask Gary’s dad about his son’s talent, and he says everything his son has learned on his own.
Snyder discovered his talent for the guitar after his mother bought one. He has proven to be a quick student, teaching himself through lessons on YouTube and modeling his playing style on famous rock ‘n roll artists like Slash and Joe Satriani.
Quickly realizing their son’s talent, Gary’s parents bought more guitars and started looking for potential gigs. Snyder’s dad, also named Gary, landed his son’s first major opportunity to play the national anthem for a Pacers game last spring.
That night, Snyder remembers feeling a surge of excitement as he glanced around the crowds at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. At that point, he knew he had his place on stage.
“It was great, especially seeing them all cheering me on,” Snyder recalls.
Snyder will have another chance to perform before a Pacers game, this time in front of what should be a big crowd. He is due to perform the national anthem during a Pacers game on New Year’s Eve.
The young guitarist is already considering the future as his playing career takes off. At one point, Snyder wants to start his own group. While looking for potential band mates, Snyder continues to spend several hours a week practicing and playing in his school’s jazz band.
“Honestly, I feel like things have gone well,” Gary said. “I really picked up. I feel like I really got better playing guitar.